In the rented car, the three of us set out to Giethoorn, 120km north east of Amsterdam, known as Venice of the North, or Dutch Venice.On the way there through the A6 and A1 we came across a lot of fields full of wind turbines.
|Fields of wind turbines|
Giethoorn was founded in 1230 by Mediterraneans fleeing religious prosecution, and the name comes from the discovery of goat's horns (gietehorens) in the marshland, which were remnants of a 10th century flood.
The town became known after 1958, when a Dutch film director used the village in his comedy "Fanfare", turning it into a tourist attraction.
Nowadays there are about 2600 people living in the farmhouses from the 18th and 19th century which boarder the canals, and the only way to get around most of the village is by boat, bicycles and bridges that cross over the canals.
Being winter the tourists weren't there, the boats were packed away, and there was only a tour boat operating and a couple of private electric dinghies for hire either from the restaurants or from private people. The town has a couple of Museums, but we actually didn't get to visit them. There is also a holiday park with bungalows, which must be quite popular in Summer.
|The main road bordering the main Canal|
After lunch, we decided on a private boat ride and were indicated a house where we could hire a boat for 20Euros to ride during 1h following a set route on the map.
We had a great time, cruising the canals, looking at the beautiful thatched houses, the ducks and the birds...Magic!!
|Lots of bridges criss crossing the canals|
|Beautiful thatched houses|
|My husband and I enjoying our canal ride|
|My daughter and my husband, while I moved to the front to take the photo|
|wildflowers in a corner garden|
|Mint Tea and Coffee|
|The inside of the Rietstulp Restaurant - I loved the saying on those plaques|
What a great day we had!
I would love to be able to go to Giethoorn again during summer to experience the different atmosphere.
We arrived in Amsterdam just in time for dinner and to pack our bags for our flight to Portugal the following morning.
Saturday,28 February 2015